Nathan Francisty, 28, of Orillia, pictured here while working on a sailboat in the Pacific Ocean. Francisty died while swimming off the south coast of Saint Thomas last Saturday when he was struck by a rogue wave. PHOTO: FACEBOOK

'It's just a terrible tragedy'

Search crews are scrambling to retrieve the body of a local man who died while swimming in a treacherous area off the coast of the small Caribbean Isl

The Barrie Colts recently signed 17-year-old forward Chiwetin Blacksmith, who was born in the Cree community of Waswanipi, located in the Eeyou Istchee territory of central Quebec. Blacksmith says he hopes young native children will look up to him like he did to players such as Jonathan Cheechoo. TERRY WILSON PHOTOGRAPHY

Blacksmith forging ahead

Chiwetin Blacksmith comes out of the Barrie Colts dressing room with a Band-Aid covering a pretty good gash on his upper lip.

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